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'Walter' is at its best when not trying so hard
'Walter' is at its best when not trying so hard

A lovely and touching third act helps make up for a wobbly, at times convoluted first hour in the quirky fantasy-dramedy "Walter." Writer Paul Shoulberg, who expanded the script from his 2010 short film, works too hard to make his characters colorful or idiosyncratic when, given the stylized tale's sweet center, authentic would have sufficed. Walter (Andrew J. West), a regimented young man who tears tickets at an Indiana multiplex and still lives with his anxious, eggs-centric (long story) mother (Virginia Madsen), believes he is the son of God. No, not that son; another one. And with great power comes great responsibility: Walter must decide who's going to heaven and...

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